Staff and children cleared the grounds at Drayton Infant School on Sunday afternoon

Staff and students clear snow to help schools open on Monday morning

Sunday, January 20, 2013
7.24 PM

Teachers, governors, parents and even students have been putting in an extra effort to try to ensure their schools can open tomorrow morning.

Staff and children cleared the grounds at Drayton Infant School on Sunday afternoonStaff and children cleared the grounds at Drayton Infant School on Sunday afternoon

Up to 60 parents, governors, school staff and students responded to a call sent out by email to help clear snow from paths and car parks at Framingham Earl High School on Sunday morning.

Fuelled by cups of tea and cake, the volunteers, who arrived with an array of shovels and wheelbarrows, managed to clear all the main areas on the site, before laying down grit.

Headteacher Nicola Furneaux said: “I was amazed by the response of our community. I’d like to send a huge thank-you to everyone who turned out to help. Now we just have to keep our fingers crossed for Monday morning.”

There was a similar story at Drayton Infant School. which was closed on Wednesday and Friday last week, but had been able to open on Thursday.

To ensure the school could open tomorrow, Monday, deputy headteacher Laura Besenzi said staff, governors and even children were called in on Sunday afternoon to clear the snow off the site.

She said “Staff and governors were recruited this afternoon to clear the snow on the grounds in a bid to get the school open as soon as possible.

“Their children also joined the clearing and gritting – great community spirit as we braved the cold, icy conditions.”

Headteachers across the region will decide later tonight and early tomorrow morning whether to open on Monday. See http://www.schoolclosures.norfolk.gov.uk